Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Wrath of the Grapes


Now that the backyard roses have been pruned, it's time to move on to the grapevine. The leaves have all fallen off so this makes it a good time to cut.

Basically, I just want to cut all the branches from the level of the bottom of the lower crossbar on the trellis down.


Loppers hit the thicker branches...


...while my clippers hit the old grape clusters that have long turned into raisins.


There, that's better.


A sweep of the patio and this weekend's gardening is done.

Darryl
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gloomy Days for Gardening


It's cool and gray on the patio today but it's dry. Good time to prune and clean for the upcoming season.

I'll start with the roses here in the backyard, then to the front next time. (my pruning tips are here)


The loppers cut into Angel Face...


...while Moonstone is done.

Next time, the grapevine and sweeping up this mess.

Darryl
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Till We Plant Again...


We've finally got a decent winter here in Southern California so there isn't a whole lot to do in the garden except harvest some oranges and lemons occasionally. I do have some time off over the holidays so I'll try to find something out there to do.

Today, it's tilling the vegetable patch. As the years go by, this get easier because  the soil is also getting better each time.


Nothing startling about it, just take a sturdy gardening fork, dig up and turn the soil.  I'll work in some Kellogg's Amend...


...and also some GroMulch and it's done until I'm ready to transplant seedlings into it this spring.

Darryl
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